NMSU Business Outlook: September 2013

The Promises and Problems of Algae Biofuels

Chris Erickson and Cara Meghan Downes

Biofuels from microalgae has been the object of enormous interest in recent years. Algae are quick growing and as much as 50% of cell weight of some species of algae may be taken up with lipids suitable for conversion into fuels. One of the primary reasons arguing for the cultivation of microalgae for use in biofuels is the potential mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A number of stumbling blocks exist to the commercialization of algae biofuels. Primary among these is the availability of CO2, nutrients like phosphorous and nitrogen, and water.

Complete Article: The Promises and Problems of Algae Biofuels

A Guide to New Mexico’s Governmental Conduct Act

Paul Biderman, J.D., retired Research Professor and retired Director of the Institute of Public Law, UNM; and Bruce Huhmann, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Marketing and Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Chair, NMSU College of Business

An important new resource, called the Governmental Conduct Act (GCA) Compliance Guide, is now available that reviews and helps explain the primary ethics laws governing the conduct of public officials and employees at all levels of state and local government. It should benefit public officials and employees as well as the businesses who are potential vendors or current contractors to state or local government entities. We review the guide and discuss how it can be used.

Complete Article: A Guide to New Mexico’s Governmental Conduct Act

Talking Points

Christopher A. Erickson
The story of the last three months continues: the New Mexico economy is experiencing employment growth, although growth is still slower than the national economy. Meanwhile, the employment picture in Las Cruces remains mixed. Employment fell according to the household survey, but grew according to the establishment survey. The mixed picture reflects declining government sector.

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